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5 candidates qualify for special election to replace state Rep. Edwards

Ronnie Edwards (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives' website) Ronnie Edwards (Source: Louisiana House of Representatives' website)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Several people have thrown their name into the hat to potentially replace state Representative Ronnie Edwards. 

Rep. Edwards passed away on Wednesday, February 24 at the age of 63 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Five candidates, who all registered as Democrats, have qualified to run in a special election on April 9 to fill her now vacant seat.

The list includes Tyra Banks Sterling, Edmond Jordan, Vereta Lee, Albert White and Victor Woods Junior.

Jordan, who is a Brusly attorney, and Lee, who is an East Baton Rouge School Board member, ran against Edwards last year for the House District 29 seat. Jordan and Edwards faced off in a November runoff election after making it past the October primary. 

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